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Cultivating Leaders 
Programme 23/24

The Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) is delighted to announce an exciting and unique leadership programme designed to empower and educate its members aged between 18 and 30.  

The new programme, ‘The YFCU Cultivating Leaders Programme’ is the first of its kind offered here, having been modelled on the highly successful programme run by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs. This unique opportunity, aimed at helping young farmers with farm succession, career development, and daily life, marks a significant milestone in YFCU's commitment to the growth and development of its members. 

Programme Content

  • Exploring Leadership - identifying the qualities

  • Defining Vision & Goals - mapping your aspirations and current position

  • Effective Succession Planning - preparing for challenging conversations

  • Financial  - navigating cash flows, accounts, budgets, and market dynamics

  • Hands-On Practice - completing a farm business tenancy application, crafting a bank loan application, and developing a business plans.

  • Final Reflection - evaluating your leadership potential

  • Field Experience - immersing in leadership on a farm/industry visit

  • 22nd & 23rd of November 2023, 10am to 5pm both days  (overnight stay included)

  • 24th & 25th of January 2024, 10am to 5pm both days  (overnight stay included)

  • 28th & 29th February 2024, 10am to 5pm both days  (overnight stay included)

Please note you must be able to attend all dates above. 


Successful candidates will be required to pay a holding deposit of £100, once course has been fully completed and all sessions have been attended the deposit will be refunded.


The Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown 

Address: 57 Drum Rd, Cookstown BT80 8QS

Who can apply
  • Must be full YFCU member

  • Over the age of 18

  • Be able to attend all 3 sessions.

Meet the programme leader:
Heather Wildman

A Cumbrian Girl born and bred – Brought up on family sheep and beef hill farm in the lake district and now living in Scotland, but covering and working throughout the UK and overseas.

I have used my entrepreneurial skills to build my businesses and to create a lasting impression. I offer a fun and unique glass half full approach combined with an ability to keep up with industry changes and challenges.

I provide a comprehensive network of industry contacts, from political to grass roots level. I have a reputation for getting things done, for being able to help individuals and businesses collaborate with others to achieve stronger, more lasting impressions and results.

I am highly motivated, passionate and a straight talker, I am not afraid of tackling difficult and sensitive issues and situations but I always ensure that trust, respect, values and confidentiality are respected.

With over 30 year's experience of working with both farmers and industry throughout the UK. I also have an International network having worked around the world, through my developing career and Nuffield Farming Scholarship travels in 2012 where I studied “Communication – influencing and motivating change”


Our Guest Speakers

Rodney Brown
Head of AgriBusiness Danske Bankuk

Topic - Finance 

Peter Brown
Martin King French & Ingram LLP, Solicitors

Topic - Law

Tim Martin
FRICS, Land Agent, Tim Martin & Co 


Topic - Agriculture

Stuart Orr, Farmer 

Topic - Farming

John Martin, Farmer and Nuffield Scholar

Topic - Farming


The Foundation was created in 1847 under the terms of the will of Thomas Henry, a merchant in Downpatrick, Co Down. The principal objective of the Foundation is to promote agricultural science, innovation and good farming practice in Northern Ireland.

The Thomas Henry Foundation

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